cod. 1005155

Academic year 2015/16
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Prova finale per settore senza discipline (PROFIN_S)
Per la conoscenza di almeno una lingua straniera
Type of training activity
Language/Final test
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

This course aims to bring students to B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe) in the skills of reading and listening, and in Use of English.


This course is aimed at students who already have an elementary knowledge of English and who understand simple communication.

Course unit content

The course is structured in interactive lessons focusing on the following topics:

• articles
• demonstratives
• possessives and possessive ‘s
• personal pronouns
• some and any
• countable and uncountable nouns
• quantifiers
• comparatives and superlatives
• relative pronouns
• main prepositions of place and time
• indirect questions
• main conjunctions
• main phrasal/prepositional verbs
• Present Simple and Present Continuous
• Past Simple
• Past Continuous
• Present Perfect Simple
• The future (going to, will, Present Simple, Present Continuous)
• First conditional
• Time clauses and the Present Simple)
• The Passive voice (Present Simple, Past Simple, Present Perfect)
• Modal verbs (can, could, must, will, would, should)
* spelling
• numbers (prices, quantities, dates, etc.)
• family
• free time activities
• house and furniture
• public places and shops
• jobs
• food and drinks
• animals
• weather
• clothes
• parts of the body and health problems
• means of transport
• everyday objects
• describing people (character and appearance)
• telling the time and dates
• describing everyday habits and routines
• ordering in a restaurant or in a hotel
• understanding notices, labels, adverts
• road directions
• describing holidays, trips, etc.
• describing objects (size, colour, shape, etc.)
• warnings and prohibitions
• obligation and absence of obligations
• agreement/disagreement
• criticisms and complaints
• talking about preferences
• describing feelings and emotions

Full programme

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For grammar, functions and vocabulary:
M. Foley, D. Hall, My GrammarLab, Pearson

C. Latham-Koenig, C. Oxenden, P. Seligson, English File Digital Pre-Intermediate (3rd edition),

Further practice:
S. Burgess, J.Newbrook, PET Gold Preliminary Exam Maximer with key, Pearson

Teaching methods

This course is aimed at students who already have an elementary knowledge of English and who understand simple communication.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final test with multiple choice questions on grammar, lexis, functions, reading and listening comprehension.

Other information

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